Alumni, Parents and Friends

Baylor alumni, parents and friends share a family bond rooted in over 170 years of rich history. Whether you enjoy connecting with other Baylor alumni and parents through Baylor Alumni Network and other events in your area or through publications like Baylor Magazine, social media tools, or campus events like Family Weekend and Homecoming, your role in the family is a vital one. From young grads to members of the Heritage Club and from first-generation parents to those whose Baylor legacies go back many years and to friends new and old, this page provides you with important resources and reminders to make your Baylor connections even more meaningful.

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GIVE LIGHT IS A $1.1 BILLION COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. The campaign undergirds Illuminate, the University's Academic Strategic Plan, and will impact every aspect of campus life, from academics and athletics to student life and global engagement.

Baylor Athletics Announces External Reorganization and Staff Promotions

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Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades, IV, announced Friday, the completion of a comprehensive assessment and realignment process for its external affairs unit in advance of the 2019-20 academic year.

BAYLOR MADE ME A BETTER PERSON

Jimmy Bendeck

Champions' TriBUne is a special feature through Baylor Athletics that gives you the student-athlete's perspective and the chance for them to share their own story. Jimmy Bendeck, a senior from Hollywood, Fla., won the ITA All-American doubles title with Sven Lah in the fall, earned his first All-America honor this spring and was the No. 1-ranked doubles player in the country.  Graduating in August with a double major in finance and entrepreneurship, Jimmy has served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years and was named Baylor Student-Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Golden Bruisers Awards show.

Four Bears Earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Honors

Shea Langeliers 2019

Four Bears were named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team, it was announced by the organization this week. Catcher Shea Langeliers, third baseman Davis Wendzel and relief pitcher Kyle Hill were each named first team selections, while designated hitter Andy Thomas was named to the second team. The honors are the first All-Region honors for all four Bears.

Big Think: What is the massive thing under the Moon’s surface?

June 12, 2019
A mysterious large mass has been detected under the Moon’s largest crater — the 1,200-mile wide South Pole-Aitkin basin — and may contain metal from an asteroid that crashed into the lunar surface and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study. Lead author Peter B. James, Ph.D., assistant professor of planetary geophysics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, said researchers analyzed data from NASA spacecrafts.

Business Insider: Scientists have discovered a mysterious lump on the moon's far side, and it's 5 times bigger than Hawaii's Big Island

June 10, 2019
The far side of the moon is hiding a colossal secret beneath its airless, pockmarked surface. The feature lurks dozens of miles beneath a 1,550-mile-wide impact crater called the South Pole-Aitken Basin, which we can't see from Earth. Ideas for what the mysterious lump may be include the splattered core of a giant metallic asteroid or an ocean of red-hot magma that slowly froze in place. "Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground," said Peter B. James, Ph.D., assistant professor of planetary geophysics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. James is one of a handful of U.S. scientists who announced their discovery in a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): Baylor Connections: Dr. Tamar Carter and Dr. Jason Pitts, Baylor Mosquito Researchers

June 14, 2019
AUDIO: On the latest episode of Baylor Connections, host Derek Smith interviews Baylor biologists Tamar Carter, Ph.D., and Jason Pitts, Ph.D., who study mosquitoes and use their findings to fight disease. They share information about mosquitoes, both close to home and abroad, how to diminish their impact on summer plans and how, more broadly, mosquito research can stop the spread of disease in impoverished communities around the world. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.

News-Review (Petoskey, MI): Religion briefs for June 13; Association begins 144th season

June 13, 2019
(Third news item) Carlos Colón, M.M. ’93, assistant director of worship and Chapel in Baylor Spiritual Life, will be the guest speaker at the opening assembly of the Bay View Association in Michigan, which beings its 144th season June 16. Colón also will give the Louise W. Garmen Lectures. Colón is a composer, liturgist and cultural promoter, specializing in music that is both academically serious and ecclesiastically valuable. His recent projects lie at the intersection of social justice and religious change.

Who were Baylor’s founding fathers?

It may come as some surprise to many Bears to learn that Judge Baylor wasn’t Baylor’s only founding father. Most Bears know Judge R.E.B. Baylor — a lawyer and legislator in Kentucky and Alabama who met Christ at age 46, became a Baptist minister and moved to what was then the Republic of Texas to […]

Baylor Law trial advocacy program ranked No. 2 in the nation

Across the nation, new lawyers overwhelmingly report that their law school journey left them woefully unprepared for practice — but that’s where Baylor Law stands out. In fact, Baylor’s trial advocacy program was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News! In the program, professors put students under real-world pressure with real-world situations. […]

What is an endowment? And why is it so important for Baylor?

Most Baylor Bears could tell you that the university’s endowment is some sort of financial figure — but beyond that, for many, it remains a bit of a mystery. Baylor’s endowment contains some pretty big numbers — $1.31 billion as of 2018 — but what does that number mean? And what is that money used […]

10 beautiful examples of artists’ love for Baylor

The beauty of Baylor is simply inspiring. With a campus so stunning, it’s no surprise that artists in the Baylor Family use their talents to capture its splendor. Future bears, current bears, alumni and family alike are proud to display a little green and gold on their walls — so here are 10 examples of […]

Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

WACO, Texas (June 13, 2019) – The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project is preserving more than just gospel music.
In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.

Baylor Theatre Summer Series Presents ‘An Infinite Ache’ and ‘With Love and a Major Organ’

WACO, Texas (June 11, 2019) – Baylor University Theatre will open its 2019 Summer Series with performances of “An Infinite Ache” June 20-22 and “With Love and a Major Organ” June 27-29, both in Theatre 11 in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

City of Waco Honored with Baylor’s Founders Medal

WACO, Texas (June 11, 2019) – Baylor University officially presented the City of Waco with one of the university’s most distinguished awards – the Founders Medal – during a special ceremony May 15 on the steps of historic Waco Hall.

Mass Anomaly Detected Under the Moon’s Largest Crater

WACO, Texas (June 10, 2019) — A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system — the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin — and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.